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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”



llan Hancock College announced the opening of two AIM to Dream Centers, which will provide safe and sup-

portive spaces for students at the college’s Santa Maria campus and Lompoc Valley Center.

Both centers utilize existing facilities at their respective

campuses. Students at the centers will have access to computers,

academic counseling, and several other student support services.

“The centers ensure that students have a place to go where they

can feel comfortable, safe and supported,” said Hancock Associ-

ate Superintendent/Vice President of Student Services Nohemy

Ornelas, Ed.D. “The centers also serve as spaces where students

can access important services and resources to support their aca-

demic success at Hancock.”

The college celebrated the opening of the two centers with

receptions at both the Lompoc Valley Center and the Santa Maria

campus on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. Attendees included college stu-

dents, faculty, staff and administrators as well as representatives

from local businesses and nonprofit community organizations.

The centers were the culmination of a collaborative effort between Hancock students, staff, administrators and members

of the community. The centers also reflect the spirit of previous resolutions passed by Hancock’s Associated Student Body

Government, Academic Senate and the Allan Hancock Joint Community College Board of Trustees supporting diversity,

unity, and undocumented students.

“Allan Hancock College has a proud history of embracing members of the college community irrespective of race,

ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, abilities and political views,” the resolution,

passed by the Trustees in February 2017, states.

The opening of the centers comes as Hancock and community colleges across the state of California prepare to recog-

nize Undocumented Student Week on Oct. 14-18. Hancock collaborated with local agencies to engage in a week of activi-

ties created to support and build awareness about undocumented students throughout the state. The activities are open to

all Hancock students, faculty and staff, and include workshops, clinics, and information sessions.

Undocumented Student Week is supported statewide by California Community Colleges, the Foundation for California

Community Colleges, the Community College League of California and the Student Senate for California Community


Hancock Opens



ompoc Unified School District saw across the board

improvement in third through eighth grades in state

math test scores. The state recently released the test

scores and LUSD saw increases at every school site for

mathematics with the exception of 11th grade at the high

schools. “We are pumped to see that the hard work our

teachers do every day is exemplified in the data. Explicit,

quality instruction that is engaging for all students made

this happen. We are grateful for all the work the teachers

have done for our students,” said Superintendent Trevor


When asked what he attributed the increases to, Mr. Mc-

Donald shared that there has been a concerted effort for all

sites to identify essential components of quality instruc-

tion and focus on doing those things really well. “When

you have a collaborative team working together toward a

common goal it brings an energy and excitement that is not

just motivating, it gets results.” Assistant Superintendent of

Education Services, Kathi Froemming added “The increase

in the number of students who gained in math proficiency

is indeed promising and it’s the teachers who are the ones

who continue to put in all the hard work on behalf of this

community’s children.” Froemming acknowledged there is

much work to be done, but said the improvement is a real

positive sign of things to come.

Public release of the Smarter Balanced test results on

the California Public Reporting web page at https://caaspp- will be available later this fall.

Lompoc Unified School District Celebrates

Gains in Math Test Scores

The Aquarium‘s next open house is

Wednesday, November 20


Begins, 6 to 8 PM and admission is free.

We’ll be featuring our beautiful jellies exhibits, which are

the largest on the central coast.

We will also have information available about our up-

coming renovation, the Interactive Tidepool Project.